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Announcement :: Human Rights
Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination in America and What Can Be Done About It
21 Mar 2005
(BOSTON, MA)  Ford Hall Forum presents Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination in America and What Can Be Done About It. With Martha Burk (author and chair of the National Committee of Women's Organizations). Discussion moderated by  Susan Shaer (Executive Director of WAND). Presented in collaboration with the Old South Meeting House, as part of the Partners in Public Dialogue Series. Tuesday, April 12, at 6:30 pm. Followed by a discussion and book signing. Admission: free and open to all. Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street (corner of Milk St.), Boston, MA. Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the State St. and Downtown Crossing stops on the MBTA. For information call Ford Hall Forum 617-373-5800 or visit
Martha Burk sparked an international firestorm of debate by suggesting that the nation's premier gold club open its doors to women. The Augusta National controversy wasn't just about golf, Burk explains. "The club's refusal to admit women members should become the catalyst for a crucial and passionate discussion about gender discrimination, the role of women in society, and their standing in corporate America. And, from the rank and file to executive suites and boardrooms, it is a question that is far from resolved."

That unresolved question? What indeed do some of America's most powerful and wealthy men - Bill Gates, Senator Sam Nunn, Warren Buffett and the CEOs of Bank of America, Coca-Cola Bottling, Exxon Mobil Corporation and even the former CEO of the US Olympic Committee - have in common? They are all members of a power elite that systematically and intentionally excludes women, a special club that is perfectly personified by the Augusta National Golf Club. As the host of the Masters, the most prestigious golf tournament in the country, Augusta National is a symbol of business and a metaphor for why women are not seen as equals in these arenas.
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